Five people, including a bank employee, have been arrested for allegedly siphoning Rs 1.35 crore from an NRI account, officials said on Tuesday.
The accused were identified as Sumit Pandey (24), a resident of Ghaziabad; Shailendra Pratap Singh (42), resident of Shastri Nagar, Delhi; Neelam (32) from Sohna in Haryana; Jagdamba Prasad Pandey (22) from Mau (UP); and Adarsh Jaiswal (23) from Azamgarh (UP), they said.
A case was registered on November 13, 2020 at the Rajinder Nagar police station on the complaint of Kanika Girdhar, who lives in Germany, they said.
She alleged that in November she tried to log into her bank account but was denied access.
She approached bank officials and learned that her FD had been liquidated and that an amount of Rs 1.35 crore had been fraudulently withdrawn there, a senior police officer said.
Bank officials said a new checkbook and ATM card had been issued to his account.
The bank also informed the complainant that said check books and ATM card had been received by a person who identified himself as the complainant’s brother, the agent said.
The complainant, however, stated that she had never made such a request. In addition, she does not have a brother or sister, police said.
During the investigation, the accused was identified as Sumit Pandey, an employee of the bank. He was then apprehended.
It appeared that he had accessed the details of the complainant’s account by taking advantage of his official position at the bank and learned that 1.35 crore rupees was in the account, said the deputy commissioner of police (central) Shweta Chauhan.
He passed on the relevant information regarding the complainant’s bank account to Singh, the backbone of the gang, who hatched a rock-solid plot to embezzle the amount from the complainant’s account, the DCP said.
Singh organized an office in Badkhal Chowk, Faridabad and opened an office for a bogus company named Workforce India Pvt. Ltd. under the guise of the labor supply at large construction companies, police said.
He has delegated two of his associates Jagdamba Prasad Pandey and Rahul as directors.
They hired a dozen small workers for the company and made them open their bank accounts, police said.
He then obtained the registered cell phone number of the complainant’s account reissued in a worker’s name and set up an internet banking service from the victim’s account on that SIM card, police said.
The registered number was reassigned to the suspected persons because it had not been used for three months and was in inactivated mode. He collected ATM cards and check books, they said.
Subsequently, they began to withdraw funds from Girdhar’s account. After the withdrawal, there was Rs 63 remaining in the account. The offender deposited Rs 37 to take the remaining total amount of Rs 100, the police added.
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